Southfields care home is a 16-bedroom home on the outskirts of a small village called Slamannan, nestled in the Falkirk County countryside. We provide support for young people with learning disabilities, autism and other complex needs including challenging behaviour.
I joined Swanton Care and Community in October 2022 as Service Manager for Southfield House. I have worked in care and support services most of my adult life, experiencing roles as support worker, team leader, deputy manager and then service manager. I have over 15 years’ experience of operational management of care and support services in a wide variety of settings across the central belt of Scotland.
So far in my career I have enjoyed achieving my qualifications of SVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care and SVQ Level 4 in Management and Leadership. I am also a registered manager with the Scottish Social Services Council.
I am passionate about the care and support we give to the people we support, and look forward to guiding and building on the ongoing development of the support staff in our services. I am excited to be leading the Southfield House team in continuing to deliver person centred care to the young people who live here so they can achieve their goals and aspirations, driving forward with the Swanton Ethos.
I joined Swanton Care and Community in July 2019 as Interim Regional Director and became Registered Manager of Southfields a short time later. I have over 18 years operational management experience across all sectors of health and social care in Scotland.
Professionally, I remain a Registered Mental Health nurse and as such I also lead and coordinate our Mental Health First Aiders across all of our services nationally. My drive is to lead and support my team to provide person led care through empowering the people we support to achieve their potential and aspirations in life. We work in collaboration with all our partners to provide the absolute best service we can.
As a former Scots Guardsman and having been an Adult Volunteer with the Army Cadet Force for several years, it is important to me, to make a difference in young people’s lives.
I became a Chief Operating Officer in July 2022, prior to this I was Regional Director to Values In Care for 2 years. During my time in the social care sector, I have gained a wealth of experience, starting my career as a young Support Worker in 2003, progressing through roles such as Keyworker, Manager and Area Manager.
I have loved gaining qualifications along the way, including a Level 5 in Leadership and Management and an ILM Level 5 (The Institute of Leadership and Management), this has helped me to support the people in our care to have a better quality of life. I also have a keen interest in Positive Behavioural Support and am continuing my learning by undertaking a Diploma in this specialist area.
During my 19 years in the social care sector, I have always worked in complex homes for people with learning disabilities and autism, leading and directing teams to ensure we offer the best care possible to the people we support. Growing organically has ensured that I have great knowledge, experience and understanding in the care sector.
Southfield House – Swanton Care, sits on a large plot of land offering extensive grounds allowing best use of our outside spaces.
The young people at Southfields are empowered to lead on their care, in ways that best meet their individual life goals and aspirations. We are constantly striving to improve the service we deliver of transformational care and support to every young person in our care.
Southfields is a service full of joy and fun, with lots of enjoyment through meaningful activity.